Name: Ken Mercurio ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 28, 2013, 7:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Monroe, Ohio

Message: Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I've mentioned in a previous posting how we Mercurios discovered when my parents died, that they saved EVERYTHING from our childhoods. I am gradually getting to all the collections that applied to me, and I spent three hours yesterday looking at high school clippings that either I wrote (as the Inglewood Daily New sports reporter my senior yr for football, basketball, baseball and track) or that I was named in. It was fun seeing the 10 full Cougar issues from 66 to 69, and all the articles about those days and all the people mentioned. Betty Kean, I also have a photo of us and Georgina Beckstrom, Barbara Evett and Jackie Anastasi getting our Pen and Quill pins (which I still have due to my parents). Also, Betty, your Kean's Korner. Monte and the Crystals performing. Photo of Danny Litton pretending to cut Debbie Daugherty's long hair. The list of memories goes on and on.
Hi Ken, love this stuff too, like opening a time capsule. Thanks man and Happy Thanksgiving to you and Janet.
Name: Karen Bearns ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 28, 2013, 2:30 am - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Hawthorne

Message: HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all and John thank you for everything you do. Have a great holiday. Our Love, Karen and Comet Boy Bearns
Hi Karen and Comet Boy, Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Thanks for stopping by as I was wondering about you two.
Name: Diane Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 27, 2013, 5:03 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Lay
Class: 1965
City & State: Spring Valley Lake, CA

Message: Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! A day for us all to give thanks for all our blessings. Thank you, John, for bringing us all together on Cougartown!
Hi Diane, Well Happy Thanksgiving to you and Danny too and thanks for the nice thoughts.
Name: Bob And Karen Fraser ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 27, 2013, 3:07 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.
No E-mail
Message: To you, John and all our Cougartown family- we would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be grateful for, let's not forget it. Love you all!
Hi Bob and Karen, Yes we do and for all that, I am...well you know. Happy Thanksgiving
Name: Mary Ann Martin ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 27, 2013, 9:01 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Walton
Class: 1961
City & State: Nashville AR

Message: Thanksgiving Blessing to each of you. Please pray for our country. Please pray for our military.
Happy Thanksgiving Mary Ann.
Name: Cindy Pablico ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 26, 2013, 10:53 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Christon
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, Ca.

Message: Hello everyone just to say A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all. Sorry i have been on for awhile, but 3 jobs it takes alot of you. Take care and be safe
Happy Thanksgiving Cindy.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 25, 2013, 9:56 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: Just to let everyone know how the football team finished up this year: Overall record 3-7., league record 1-4, ranking in California 759th. The team had two big signature wins, a romp on Leuzinger and a big homecoming win over Beverly Hills. This season was a big improvement over recent years when the team had zero wins! The new coach, Donald Paysinger seems to be a good man who the kids want to play for. I look for another improved year next year! Go Cougars!
Next year the CIF Championship.
Name: Sharon Leach ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 25, 2013, 4:11 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Moore
Class: 1966
City & State: long Beach, CA

Message: Happy birthday to class of 66'ers Becky Slaughter O'Brien and Frank Herro. It's a beautiful day in CA for a birthday, enjoy.
Happy Birthday Becky and Frank!!
Name: Doris Donaldson ~~~~~~~~~~ Mon-Nov 25, 2013, 8:55 am - HHS Time
Maiden: donaldson
Class: 1957
City & State: Twin Falls, ID
No E-mail
Message: I don't know how many times I've tried to type this but ended up in tears till I couldn't see the monitor. A little over a month ago, my best friend and confidant for the last 55 years plus, and fellow 1957 HHS alumni, CHARLOTTE (KING) HERBRANDSON, lost her brave battle against a wicked and cruel foe, multiple myeloma, or cancer of the bone and bone marrow. I don't know anyone who could have fought more gallantly. I like the definition of "gallantly": Unflinching in battle or action; valiant: put up a gallant resistance to the attackers. b. Nobly resolute." This was the essence of Charlotte from the beginning, almost 10 years ago, till she died. She will always be my hero. I had, and have, so much respect for her and I will miss her more than I can say.
Aw Doris, so very sorry to hear your news. Please know that Charlotte's gallant effort was not in vain as now she's in a much better place. My condolences to you and Charlotte's family.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 23, 2013, 5:32 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Never met him, but he always sounded like quite the guy and the gentleman. Happy Birthday Mr. B.
Yes he was, thanks Janet.
Name: John Pritchard ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 23, 2013, 2:24 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Clayton, CA

Message: I was a seventh-grader in Mrs. Wiley's class at Intermediate. Just before 11, the agitated school secretary came over the intercom to say that something had happened to the President. Moments later, we heard the radio news, then went out to P.E. to play soccer. At the end of that period, we lined up and Coach Sweeney pointed to the flags at half-staff and told us that he was gone. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth that afternoon, and I think that we left early. "Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets," as the Proverb says.
Name: Tom Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Nov 23, 2013, 10:49 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Beaumont, CA

Message: Happy birthday Mr. Baker. You were definitely one of the good guys!
Name: Marilyn Ross ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 10:59 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Wisham
Class: 1956
No E-mail
Message: Interesting how it didn't make any difference if you were Republican or Democrat, everyone mourned the presidents death.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 8:31 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.

Message: I remember having P.E. after lunch and Miss Bachman wanted us to go out and play tennis. None of us felt like it and minutes later we were all dismissed. A sad day for sure.
Name: Sharon Macdonald ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 8:09 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Badger
Class: 1963
City & State: Bruceville, TX

Message: Fifty years ago today, 22 November 1963, I was listening to records on the stereo and ironing an outfit to wear later in the day. Homecoming at El Camino was scheduled for that week-end. My father called me from work and told me to turn the tv because JFK had been shot. Quite an odd feeling to witness the details on tv - almost surreal - as about 3 years earlier I had stood on a street in Providence, RI listening to him speak from the steps of city hall shortly before the election and the image of that day kept running through mind as the current events unfolded.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 4:04 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City Ut

Message: I was on Boot leave, picking up my "Blues" from the Cleaners on Imperial, west of the Blvd., south side. The lady came out with my uniform crying and told Pattie Lee and I that the President had been shot. Our generation had never experienced anything like that before and can only be compared to 9/11. A couple of years later, on my way home from overseas, driving north from San Diego with a car load of sailors, it appeared as though the whole city was on fire. The Watts Riots were well underway. Thus came the second traumatic experience and life was just not the same after that.
Name: Janet Burkett ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 2:16 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Humphreys
Class: 1962
City & State: Ca
No E-mail
Message: Fifty years ago...what a sad day. Was at the Burkett's house with Mrs. Burkett, my sister-in-law, her brand new baby and my daughter who was only a few months old. I think we just stared at the TV in silence and disbelief. Fred was working nights and I remember all the TV stations were blacked out except for some updated news. From the day of the shooting until after the burial, there was continual funeral music playing on all black screens that made me feel a little anxious and creepy being alone with just my baby at night. I also remember Kennedy's visit to the Torrance Mall when he was running for office. Mrs. Burkett was so excited about seeing him. No more camelot to be seen since.
Name: Ray Shelley ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 2:12 pm - HHS Time
City & State: Mena, AR

Message: I was at a stop sign, while making delivery's for UPS.. A teary eyed women in the car next to me, told me about President Kennedy being shot. My next customer let me watch the replay on her TV. I had several more stops to make. If I would have had a bucket, it would have been filled with tears, by the time I finished my route.. Sad day for all.
Name: Leo Ainsworth ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 1:53 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1964
City & State: Saint Helena, California

Message: I was in Mrs. Jensen's English class at HHS.
Name: Robin Hood ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 1:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: Eugene OR.
No E-mail
Message: 11-22-63.....Drilling and tapping turbocharger snail castings at Garrett Air Research. The lunch truck guy had a radio blasting rock and roll music as always. Heard the news there, left work and walked home to a different world. The worst day ever.
Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Nov 22, 2013, 7:14 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Manhattan Beach, CA

Message: With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK here, everyone is probably flashing back to where they were 50 years ago today! I was in my kindergarten class at York school I think Sharon Bierman and Mark Manning were there with me. Our teacher, Mrs. Coluchi came into the room crying and said" The president was shot and killed!" A few kids started crying but most five year olds didn't get what a huge deal it was. I'm glad that day is far away, very sad for all of America.
I was working at Virtue Bros on Century. Left work mid day and watched it all unfold on TV. Very hard to believe at that time. Like a dream.
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 21, 2013, 10:47 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.

Message: Hi Pat, this is Sherry Peppers Wingo class of '64'. How exciting. I want your autograph. You're a star.
Name: Pat Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 21, 2013, 10:02 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: Thanks, John. The film will be called Love is Strange (do they have that right?) and stars Lithgow and Alfred Molina with Marissa Tomei (I wasn't in any scenes with her, but did get to talk to the other two who were very nice and charming---JLi had a sketchbook in one season as a prop and I asked him what was in it. He said it was sketches he had made from a drawing class and proceeded to show me a notebook full of nudes---so now I can say John Lithgow showed me his etchings, LOL).
Thanks Pat, actually his sketchings
Name: Patricia Bagby ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Nov 21, 2013, 5:40 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Kavanaugh
Class: 1964
City & State: NY, NY

Message: I am so excited. I was an extra in an indie film that recently shot and I just found out that it will probably be selected to go to Sundance! Here's to my 15 seconds of fame. (I did a scene sitting next to John Lithgow and got to talk to him for awhile. I even put in a plug for HHS!)
Well congrats Pat on the stardom. I wish we knew the name of the film and thanks for the HHS plug too. I hope you'll talk to me after you become a big star
Name: Sherry Wingo ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 20, 2013, 11:25 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Peppers
Class: 1964
City & State: Haw. Ca.

Message: We've lost another Cougar. Pam Parker class of '64' has passed away. Her married name was Sturgeon. She was very active at Leuzinger High School where my kids attended school. She was also active in the City of Lawndale. A few years ago. A kind lady. She will be missed.
Sorry to hear the news, Sherry, thanks for info on Pam.
Name: Sharon Stowe ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 20, 2013, 8:01 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Ritch
Class: 1972
City & State: Lawndale, CA

Message: Noreen, I remember that branch! I could walk to it because it was only blocks away from my house. I remember reading Star Girl, the only book I remember as a kid that had a girl be the main character. I know their were others out there but I wasn't aware of them as a kid. I thought she was so cool. LOL Sort of sad that libraries are going the way of the ringer washing machine.
Name: Noreen Culley ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Nov 20, 2013, 7:43 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Crotty
Class: 1972
City & State: Westchester

Message: Thank you for the library responses. I also received 2 emails with links to articles about it. 1966 seems right to me. Linda, we walked there all the time also. I remember we would sit on the floor in a circle and someone (probably the librarian) would read stories to us.
Name: Jim Frederick ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 19, 2013, 11:29 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: Santa Susana Ca,

Message: Wishing fellow 1969er Linda Dawson a wonderful birthday! Hope you have a wonderful day! Where ever you are! Jim
Have a great birthday, Linda.
Name: Jim Raines ~~~~~~~~~~ Tue-Nov 19, 2013, 10:36 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Salt Lake City, Ut

Message: I would also like to wish Maureen Trott a happy birthday. The Trotts lived across the street on the corner of 118th St. & Sundale. It was always fun to watch all the girls that used to hang out over there. I can still see her dad Frank come home after work, park his blue, or was it green truck in front of their house, walk in through the white picket fence and up the walk to the front door. Good memories.